Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

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Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

Hamilton Gregg
Educational Consultant Private Practice

Affordable, honors programs and cheap laundry...

Attending school close to home has many benefits. First off, it is cheaper than going out of state or going private. The savvy student could negotiate the offset tuition costs for a down payment on a car. Secondly, bright students might find consolation in honors programs offered at State schools to pique their intellectual curiosity. Many honors programs offer significant challenges and unique programs equivalent to private school programs. Third and finally, being close to home means some home-cooked meals and coin-less laundry machines. Don’t expect mom to clean up after you, but you never know.

Philip Ballinger
Director of Admissions & Assistant VP of Enrollment University of Washington

Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

The missing piece in this question is the specific student it applies to! The benefits and drawbacks will vary according to the student. For example, in general, going farther away from home may help a student become more self reliant in decision and action. On the other hand, some students may struggle mightily when they lose easy access to supportive family and friends back home. Often students will seek and gain employment after graduation in the city or region in which they attended college. Again, this can be a benefit or drawback depending on what the student wishes to do in their work or where they want to live in the longer term. Sometimes staying put in a region or city you love can be a very good practical decision -- it simply depends!

Scott White
Director of Guidance Montclair High School

Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

I would state public vs. private as a more important criteria. Private colleges generally give out need based aid (separate from federal or state aid) which can make the college actually cheaper for some students. Also, state budgets are in real trouble, causing public colleges to drop many programs. At Rutgers, where my son goes (and loves), he tells me about the expression "RU Screwed" for the bureaucracy that can be mind numbing. On the other hand, many public colleges have wider arrays of offerings, more diverse student bodies and fewer hipsters...

Nina Berler
Founder unCommon Apps

Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

More than ever before, internships are very important. If a student wants to settle in his or her home state, that college's ties in the community or in other cities in that state could be instrumental in setting that student up to begin his or her professional life.

Suzan Reznick
Independent Educational Consultant The College Connection

Play it safe or be more of a risk-taker?

Going farther from home, for college, will require you to become more independent and self-sufficient. It will not be so easy for your parents to resolve whatever issues or problems that will crop up during your college years. You will also more likely be exposed to students that may be very different from you either racially, religiously and/or in their political beliefs. Are you prepared to take on those types of challenges? Also, the farther away you attend school the less likely that you will be able to come home often for visits .In fact, if you require a plane to return home, you may only get to see your family a few times a year for the major holidays. For many students, and their parents, this might not be an acceptable option. Determining the “right” distance to go from home is just one of the many factors that need to be considered in judging where to apply.

Lisa Hatch
Independent College Counselor College Primers

In-State vs. Out-of-State

If you’re lucky (and capable!) enough to secure admission to both in and out-of-state schools, you’ll find yourself faced with another dilemma in the seemingly never-ending college decision process. Which option is the better choice for you? Tuition aside, you’ll want to devote heavy consideration to what type of environment and overall learning experience meets your needs. If you think you'll benefit from the challenge of taking on the unknown, going away to school can help you grow in confidence and independence in ways that can’t always be assigned monetary value. Aside from helping you prepare for future career success, the college experience is a critical part of the passage from adolescence and adulthood, and the forced independence that attending an out-of-state school requires can be an invaluable asset as you move forward with your adult life. That being said, however, before you make your decision, try looking at in-state schools through different eyes. Don’t discount a particular school just because you feel you know it too well or it’s too close to your parents’ home. Remember, many students who attend an out-of-state school end up returning home before earning their degrees, and many students who attend in-state schools rarely see their nearby families. So, just because you stay closer to home doesn't mean you'll completely lose out on the opportunity to grow into an independent adult. Attending college in your home state provides you with access to a support system that may be crucial to your college success. If you think that being closer to your family support system will enhance your college experience, you'll probably do better attending college in your state, especially if you're also trying to overcome learning differences or other difficulties. The bottom line is, whether you attend an in or out-of-state establishment is hardly as important as whether you attend a school where you feel happy, comfortable, and challenged in your environment – wherever that may be.

Steve Peifer
Director of College Guidance Rift Valley Academy

Advantages and Disadvantages

The greatest benefit of staying in state is that you have a network already established. Depending on the student, it is usually broadening to go beyond your state's borders.

William Chichester

Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

Pro of In-State - closer to home in case you get homesick...lower travel costs Out of State - away from family (could be a good thing)

Suzanne Shaffer
Owner Parents Countdown to College Coach

Staying close to home could help or hinder

Statistics show that most students stay within 50 miles of home when going to college. Being close to home can be a benefit or a draw back. On the one hand, it allows the student to travel home often. On the other hand, it discourages independence and could keep the student dependent on their parents. Consider carefully the decision to remain in-state, especially when discounting other private colleges that might offer better aid packages to students out of their area.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

Wisconsin is very different from California and there is no In-N-Out Burger!

When students look to another state for their college destination, they often overlook the cultural and political differences the region has to offer, and how it is often vastly different from their own neighborhood. For many, this is a new chapter in their life and they look forward to the change in people, languages, politics, food choices, as well as social causes they will be exposed to. Yet for other students, deciding to stay close to home can provide a sense of comfort by understanding what they already have grown up with in order to provide less distractions from the rigorous coursework they are going to embark upon.